Archive for April 12, 2011

#1. Mourning vs. Johnson

Posted in Knicks, Top 5 Knicks Postseason Fights on April 12, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

In the first round of the 1998 Eastern Conference Playoffs, the Knicks and Heat were once again paired up for an epic battle. One year after the P.J. Brown incident, the rivalry was still in full bloom. With the Heat up 2-1 in the series, the Knicks won Game Four at the Garden to force Game Five. But just seconds before the end of Game Four, the game got physical when Heat Center Alonzo Mourning and Knicks’ forward Larry Johnson started to throw punches at each other (ironically they were teammates in Charlotte just a few years before the incident). The reason this fight is ranked as the #1 fight in Knicks’ postseason history is because of the involvement of Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy. Seconds after the fight commenced, Van Gundy sprinted onto the court and tried to hold back Mourning from fighting his starting forward. Given Van Gundy was nearly two feet shorter than Mourning, the only way Van Gundy could stop the fight was to hold onto Mourning’s leg. The fight ended seconds after Van Gundy got in the middle of it, but the damage had already been done. Mourning and Johnson were suspended for the final game of the series. In Game Five, the Knicks would go on to take advantage of the Mourning-less Heat and win 98-81 at Miami.

Who Knew?

Islanders Name Jack Capuano Head Coach for 2011-2012 Season

Posted in Islanders on April 12, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

(Wall Street Journal) UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Jack Capuano is sticking around as coach of the New York Islanders, losing the interim tag Tuesday after guiding the team to a much-improved second half of the season. Capuano was promoted from coach of the Islanders’ Bridgeport AHL affiliate on Nov. 15 when Scott Gordon was fired in the midst of a 10-game losing streak. Under the first-time NHL coach, the Islanders went 26-29-10, including 25-21-8 in the final 54 games. Overall, New York (30-39-13) finished last in the Atlantic Division for the fourth straight season and 14th in the 15-team Eastern Conference.

Great call here. I would’ve been very upset if they got rid of him. Capuano was named interim coach at a time when the team was in the middle of a disaster. With a depleted roster, he had the team succeed in the second half of the season and some-what salvage the season. The Isles were a completely different team under Capuano. When Scott Gordon was coach, they were in one of the worst slumps in franchise history. A change was desperately needed. Given Capuano was the head coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers ( the Isles’ AHL affiliate) for the past four seasons, he has coached a number of the young Islanders early in their professional careers. The players have responded to him well throughout the entire season. With Mark Streit and other injured players returning in full health next year, the future is looking bright for Capuano and the Islanders.

NHL Playoffs Start Tomorrow

Posted in Rangers on April 12, 2011 by EAST SIDE RYNO

The 2011 NHL Playoffs begins with five games tomorrow night starting at 7pm on Versus. At 7:30, the Rangers battle the Capitals at the Verizon Center to begins their quest for the Cup. Jonathan Toews (above) and the Chicago Blackhawks take on the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks at 10pm.